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SEQR   State Environmental Quality Review
Lead Agency: Town Board of the Town of Oyster Bay
Address: Oyster Bay Town Hall
54 Audrey Avenue
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Date: February 3, 201 5
This notice is issued pursuant to Part 617 of the implementing regulations pertaining to Article 8 (State Environmental Quality Review Act, SEQRA) of he Environmental Conservation Law and Chapter 110 (Town Environmental Quality Review) of the Code of the Town of Oyster Bay. 
By Resolution #56-201 5 adopted on February 3, 2015, the Town Board of the Town of Oyster Bay, as lead agency, has determined that the FEIS for the proposed action described below is adequate for the purposes of 6 NYCRR §617.9(a)(5) of the SEQRA regulations.
Name of Action: Country Pointe at Plainview
Applicant: Beechwood POB LLC
Description of Action: The residential component of the proposed development has been reduced to 792 units of multi-family housing, from 890 units proposed in the DEIS. The proposed floor area of commercial use (118,450 square feet supermarket, bank and retail) and acreage of open space to e dedicated to the Town of Oyster Bay (44 acres) remain unchanged from the DEIS plan. The overall amount of dedicated and publicly-accessible pen space has been increased from 57± acres to 63± acres, and the amount of total area comprising open space, buffers and outdoor recreational acilities has been increased from 65± acres to 69± acres, in the FEIS plan versus the DEIS plan.
The subject 143.25-acre property is situated in Office Building (OB) and R1 -1A One-Family Residence districts, and currently contains quasimunicipal, not-for-profit, and recreational uses. In order to accommodate the proposed uses, the applicant has petitioned for re-zoning to RMF-16 ulti-Family Residence, RSC-25 Multi-Family Senior Residence, and General Business (GB) districts. Relief from a number of dimensional equirements of the proposed multi-family zoning districts would also be needed. The proposed development plan also requires modification of estrictive covenants which were established when the zoning of a portion of the property was changed to OB district in 1997. 
Location: Premises located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Old Country Road and Round Swamp Road in Plainview, Town of Oyster Bay,  Nassau County, State of New York; Nassau County Land and Tax Map Section 47, Block E, Lots 747B, 747D, 747E, 748A, and 748D.
Potential Environmental Impacts Examined in the DEIS and FEIS:
Zoning and Land Use – compatibility of the proposed mixed-use development with the surrounding industrial and commercial uses and nearby residential neighborhoods; appropriateness of the proposed zoning for the subject property, in comparison to the current zoning of the site, and in the context of the existing overall land use setting in the Plainview-Old Bethpage community.;
Traffic – potential impacts to traffic conditions on roadways in the site vicinity, especially at nearby signalized intersections (including, but not limited to, Old Country Road at Round Swamp Road, Round Swamp Road at the North and South Service Roads of the Long Island Expressway, and Old Country Road at Manetto Hill Road), as mitigated by suitable measures to be implemented by the applicant;
Ecological Resources – loss or displacement of existing flora/fauna on the largely undeveloped subject property which contains extensive areas of natural habitat at the present time;
Topography and Soils – topographic alteration and potential for soil erosion on the largely undeveloped site;
Groundwater – effects of proposed development on the groundwater deep recharge area, particularly with respect to project-related use of landscaping chemicals and fertilizers; Public Services – effect of school-aged children generated in the proposed 792 new residential units on the operations and facilities of the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District; intensified demand for other local public services (e.g., water supply, sewage disposal, solid waste management, electrical supply, etc.) by both the residential and commercial components of the proposed development; and Visual Resources – alteration of the visual character of the subject property and effect on aesthetic conditions in the community.
A copy of the FEIS may be obtained from the contact person listed below, as well as at the following web site:
Contact Person: John Ellsworth
Address: c/o Town of Oyster Bay Department of Environmental Resources, 150 Miller Place, Syosset, NY 11791
Telephone Number: (516) 677-5824
Fax: (516) 677-5730
E-mail address:
A copy of this Notice and the FEIS has been sent to:
- See attached distribution list
- Environmental Notice Bulletin, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750 (via e-mail)
Country Pointe at Plainview

Involved Agency/Interested Party Distribution List
for Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)
Honorable John Venditto, Supervisor
Town of Oyster Bay
Oyster Bay Town Hall
54 Audrey Avenue
Oyster Bay, NY 11771

Honorable Members of the Oyster Bay Town Board
Town of Oyster Bay
Oyster Bay Town Hall
54 Audrey Avenue
Oyster Bay, NY 11771

Zoning Board of Appeals
Oyster Bay Town Hall
74 Audrey Avenue
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Frederick P. Ippolito, Commissioner
Town of Oyster Bay

Department of Planning and Development
Oyster Bay Town Hall
74 Audrey Avenue
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Attn: Ginger Sottile, Superintendent of Planning
Roger Evans, Regional Permit Administrator

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Permits, Region I
50 Circle Road, SUNY @ Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11790-3409

Nassau County Planning Commission
c/o Satish Sood, Deputy Commissioner
Nassau County Planning Department
1194 Prospect Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590

Lawrence E. Eisenstein, MD, FACP, Commissioner
Nassau County Department of Health
200 County Seat Drive
Mineola, NY 11501
Shila Shah-Gavnoudias, P.E. , Commissioner

Nassau County Department of Public Works
Department of Public Works
1194 Prospect Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590

Plainview Water District, Joel R. Kessler, Chairman, 10 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview, NY 11803

Dr. Lorna Lewis, Superintendent of Schools,Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District, 106 Washington Avenue
Plainview, NY 11803

Joseph Brown, P.E. , Regional Director New York State Department of Transportation Region 10 State Office Building, 250 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11788

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-1750

Plainview Volunteer Fire Department
885 Old Country Road
Plainview, NY 11803
Anthony J. Aloisio, AICP, Director

Town of Huntington Department of Planning & Environment
Town Hall (Room 212)
100 Main Street
Huntington, NY 11743
Eric Kuchar

NY State Division for Historic Preservation
NY State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic
Preservation Peebles Island State Park, P.O. Box 189
Waterford, NY 12188-0189

Concerned Citizens of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community, Inc.- Carol Meschkow
998-C Old Country Road
Plainview, NY 11803

Jeffrey D. Forchelli, Esq.Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo, Cohn, & Terrana LLP 333 Earle Ovington Boulevard, Suite 1010, Uniondale, NY 11553

Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library
999 Old Country Road
Plainview, NY 11803

           COUNTRY POINTE FEIS & REVISED PLAN-February 2015

The Country Pointe at Plainview FEIS document is now available via the following links:

FEIS Revised Zoning & Site Plan:

Comment Section & Testimony Presented

Complete FEIS Document:

For more information visit:  or

As always, with all matters we highly recommend our neighbors share their sentiments with their elected officials that they have placed into office to protect their well-being, environment and quality of life.

You may contact the Town Supervisor at 516-624-6350 and the other Town Board Members via the Town’s website at:

Or via mail at: Town Supervisor John Venditto, Town of Oyster Bay Town Hall, 54 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay, NY 1771

       The Wall Street Journal - Country Pointe - Feb. 21, 2014

   Newsday Letters to the Editor - Country Pointe - Feb. 19, 2014

                   Country Pointe - POB Herald Articles - Feb. 12, 2014

Current Article & Letter to the Editor

              Country Pointe Newsday Article - February 5, 2014

                Race Palace - POB Herald Article - February 12, 2014

            Country Pointe - Newsday Article - February 3, 2014



                       Race Palace - Newsday Article - Feb. 3, 2014

   CANON HEADQUARTERS INCREASED TRAFFIC...New Study Commissioned by Town      

                  Newsday Article - Country Pointe - April 24, 2013

Country Pointe at Plainview  -  Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS & Rescheduled Public Hearing -  Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 7:00PM - Mattlin Middle School, Washington Ave., Plainview

Nassau County - The Town Board of the Town of Oyster Bay, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Country Pointe at Plainview. A public hearing on the Draft EIS has been rescheduled and will be held on February 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Howard B. Mattlin Middle School, 100 Washington Avenue, Plainview, NY. 

Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until February 28, 2014. The Draft EIS is available from the Town of Oyster Bay, Office of the Town Clerk; Oyster Bay Town Hall; 54 Audrey Avenue; Oyster Bay, NY; the Plainview Public Library; 999 Old Country Road; Plainview, NY and on line at:

The action involves the rezoning and redevelopment of a 143 acre property with 890 units of multi-family housing and 114,330 square feet of commercial space. The site currently is zoned Office Building (OB) and R1 1A One-Family Residence, and contains quasi-municipal, not-for-profit, and recreational uses. The applicant has petitioned for re-zoning to RMF 16 Multi-Family Residence, RSC 25 Multi-Family Senior Residence, and General Business (GB). Relief from a number of dimensional requirements of the proposed multi-family zoning districts is requested. Approximately 44 acres of the site would be dedicated to the Town of Oyster Bay for park and recreation use.

The proposed development plan also requires modification of restrictive covenants established when the zoning of a portion of the property was changed to OB in 1997. The project is located at southwest corner of intersection of Old Country Road and Round Swamp Road in Plainview, Town of Oyster Bay, New York.

Contact: John Ellsworth, Town of Oyster Bay, 150 Miller Place, Syosset, NY 11791, Phone: (516) 677-5824, E-mail:

NEWS ABOUT THE CERRO WIRE SITE - Long Island Business News -  Jan 24, 2014



Nassau, Suffolk begin search for slot machine locations

See Newsday article at:

Nassau and Suffolk counties are working to secure locations and operators for about 2,000 slot machines -- the first on Long Island.

Officials say they expect at least one of two Las Vegas-style slot machine parlors to open in the coming year with electronic gaming machines, restaurants and bars.

State lawmakers in June approved a deal allowing Nassau and Suffolk to each operate 1,000 "video lottery terminals," or "VLTs," as a way of generating money. Since then, the presidents of Nassau's and Suffolk's Off-Track Betting corporations have been meeting with officials from the state gaming commission, looking into prospective venues and determining who will operate the parlors.

"This thing is on a very fast track, as fast a track as I can grease," said Phil Nolan, president of Suffolk OTB.

But opposition has already surfaced about one potential location as officials consider sites for the parlors and at least 1,000 parking spots each.

Opposition to Plainview

The Race Palace in Plainview has been touted as a contender to house Nassau's parlor. But its limited parking capacity and opposition from Plainview-Old Bethpage leaders is being taken into consideration, Cairo said.

"I have a bit of a concern where the Race Palace is because it's right on the Suffolk County line," Cairo said. "Obviously, I'd rather be somewhere where we're not in direct competition with Suffolk. Together with the concerns of the Plainview community, it's stuff we're looking at."

Plainview-Old Bethpage residents have started collecting signatures on a petition opposing the casino at Race Palace and speaking in opposition at county legislature meetings.

"Why would you want to put this in a residential area?" asked Ginger Lieberman, president of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education. "You'll impact traffic. You'll have a lot of people coming into the community that you don't know. . . . There is tremendous concern about our schoolchildren."

Follow link to Sign the On-Line Petition:

Link to POB School District Anti-Casino Resolution:

    PLAINVIEW HERALD ARTICLE - December 4, 2013

  Concerned Citizens of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community-Annual Winter Safety Forum

                                           See entire article at the following link:

Learn helpful tips to protect your home and family from the Nassau County Police Department...



 Concerned Citizens of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community, Inc.

&  Neighbor-to-Neighbor Watch Program

Community Safety Forum

Tuesday, November 26th

6:00PM … POB Library Auditorium



This free service will be available until 9:30PM.

For All Children, College Students, Adults & Senior Citizens

Photos & ID Data will be saved to a disc for your family records only

Information is not stored to any database

This service is provided in cooperation with the NY Masonic Safety ID Program


Nassau County Police Dept Task Force Against Gangs…

Presentation on Internet Safety and Cyber Bullying


Nassau County Police Dept Second Precinct POP UNIT…

Holiday Safety Tips & Report on Precinct Reorganization






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Concerned Citizens of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community, Inc.

998-C Old Country Road-PMB143, Plainview, NY 11803


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Video Tour - Plainview Property-Country Pointe Development

Country Pointe at Plainview  -  Notice of Completion of DEIS and State Environmental Review Hearing  -  April 29th at 7:00PM - Mattlin Middle School, Washington Ave., Plainview - Rescheduled for February 4, 2014


February 25, 2013


Nassau County Police have investigated several instances of a telephone scam that either threatens family members in return for money or indicates that a loved one has been involved in an accident and is in need of money. In all of the instances a male caller with a Spanish accent states that a family member was kidnapped, held hostage or involved in an auto accident and the victim needs to send money usually through Western Union to save or help the family member. In 2 of the recent investigations a threat of serious physical injury against the person being held was used. This information is being provided to residents to make them aware of this ongoing telephone scam and to report any similar incidents to the Nassau County Police Department.

If you believe you may have been a victim of this scam, please call 911 immediately.

Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the individual(s) responsible are asked to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477). All calls remain anonymous.



1490 Franklin Ave., Mineola, NY 11501


Thomas V. Dale,  Police Commissioner

Edward P. Mangano,  County Executive

                          Community Safety Forum               Coming ... Wednesday December 19, 2012

Sponsered by the Concerned Citizens Neighbor-to-Neighbor Watch

Time: 7:15PM

Location:  Somerset Gardens Senior Living, 150 Sunnyside Blvd, Plainview


    On-Line Shopping Safety Tips - Reprinted from previous publication



    Holiday Shopping & Safety Tips-Reprinted from previous publication

Home Security & Safety Tips From the

Nassau County Police Department

Due to the annual increase of Burglaries at this time of year, the Commanding Officers of the Second Precinct ask that we share the following information with you:

What burglars look for:
The appearance of being unoccupied
No lights on and are dark at sunset
No car in the driveway
Mail sticking out of you mailbox
Papers on the front lawn or stoop
Curtains that are closed during the daylight hours
Doors and windows blocked by shrubbery
Burglary Prevention Checklist:
Prune overgrown shrubbery that hides windows and doors
Make alarm stickers visible on doors and windows
Keep a car in the driveway
Do not have packages left in doorway; arrange for a delivery time that you or a neighbor can pick them up
Do not leave garbage cans at the curb all day; use plastic bags instead of cans
Install outside motion detection lights at the corner of your home
Secure Your Home
Install deadbolts in your doors
Install timers on lights around your home and have them go on and off at
Different times
Insure that sliding glass doors and windows have metal pins or a metal bar
Installed to prevent being pried open
Do not place valuables I bureau drawers in the master bedroom; this is
the first place where the burglar looks. Lock valuables in the attic or basement
Be alert. Call and report any suspicious activity you notice especially in your or your neighbors backyard. Call 911 or the Second Precinct at 573-6200.


Hurrican Preparedness: Nassau County Executive Mangano

      Dedicated Cops, Community Fight Back

Residents voiced concerns while police gave their best advice on how to stay safe at December 2011 public forum on crime.


                  Candlelight Vigil to be held at

                       Plainview’s 9-11 Memorial

    The Concerned Citizens of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community, Inc., cordially invite the community to a Candlelight Vigil to mark the 10th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 tragedy, and to honor all of those we loved and lost. 

    Please join the organization at 7:00PM on Monday, September 12, 2011, at the new “Plainview 9-11 Memorial Garden” and home of the World Trade Center Artifact on the corner of Old Country Road and Hope Drive in Plainview (across from the Plainview Diner).  The evening will feature, a candlelight vigil, an opportunity to pay personal tribute to the memories of our friends and neighbors, all those affected by this horrific event, and honor the brave first responders. 

    The Concerned Citizens look forward to the community’s participation at our hometown evening of remembrance.  

                                     Video Of                                      Plainview 9-11 Memorial Garden Opening

March 13th - Scoping Meeting for Country Pointe at                                    Plainview